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April 28, 2019
Professor and Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies, Dr. Richard Levenson, has been appointed to the editorial board of the American Journal of Pathology.

In honor of National Laboratory Professionals Week, KCRA Channel 3 shared efforts to support wellness for our laboratory staff in a news story on April 25, 2019. 

Hooman Rashidi, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education, has been appointed to the National Editorial Board of the Journal of Pathology Informatics.

Educational outreach programs on neuroscience and brain health developed by Assistant Professor Dr. Brittany Dugger and Associate Professor Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño for local K-12 students were featured in a recent press release.

The American Burn Association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas, April 2-5, 2019, featured several presentations from the department, including a platform presentation by Assistant Professor Dr. Kristin Grimsrud “Characterizing Fentanyl Variability Using Population Pharmacokinetics in Pediatric Burn Patients.” PhD candidate Kelly Lima, a mentee of Associate Professor Dr. Nam Tran, presented a poster “A Survey of Bacterial Microbiome Dysbiosis in Burn ICU Patients.”

April 5, 2019
Associate Professor Dr. Konstantinos Zarbalis presented "Pak1ip1 gene mutation results in neural crest-dependent developmental defects" at the West Coast Regional Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology Meeting, March 21-24, 2019 in Cambria, CA.

For the next six years, Associate Professor Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño will serve as a research advisor for the University of Puerto Rico Medical School.  She is the first woman chosen as an advisor in the 17 years of the program.

Preclinical findings from the laboratory of Associate Professor Dr. Izumi Maezawa published in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, showed that senicapoc, a KCa3.1 inhibitor developed to treat sickle cells disease, reduced neuroinflammation and mitigated Alzheimer’s disease-like deficits in mice.

Vice Chair of Research Dr. Yvonne Wan received a $2.7M award to study “Dietary-modulated Bile Acid Signaling in Regulating Cognitive Health and Dysfunction” from the California Department of Public Health’s Alzheimer’s Disease Program Director of Neuropathology Dr. Lee-Way Jin is a co-PI on this project.

Resident Dr. Ying Liu and faculty mentor Assistant Professor Dr. Karen Matsukuma presented a poster “Analyzing Anatomic Pathology On-Call Summaries to Improve Pathology Resident On-Call Experience and Patient Care” at the 2019 annual meeting of the US and Canadian Academy of Pathology, March 15-21, in Baltimore.

Director of Neuropathology Dr. Lee-Way Jin is principle investigator on a new $2.1M NIH grant for "The potassium channel Kv1.3 in perinatal brain injury" which includes Associate Professor of Pathology Dr. Izumi Maezawa.

Match Day brought the department 4 new incoming residents:  Luke Dang (Univ. of Washington), Jacob Donnelly (Marian Univ.), Alexander Ladenheim (NY Medical College), Anupam Mitra (R.G. Kar Medical School).

UCD Health’s annual Quality Forum on March 13 featured 9 posters and a platform presentation from the department.  Projects represented work from all parts of the laboratory, including integration of HIV and hepatitis C testing into the Emergency Department, clinical utility of high-sensitivity troponin, detection of pneumonia-causing origin in urine, transitioning from APTT to anti-Xa testing in the laboratory, rapid detection of pregnancy in the Emergency Dept, blood management strategies, and more.

March 4, 2019
Three department faculty will be sharing their work at the TriCon Conference on March 10-15, 2019 in San Francisco: Professors Dr. Richard Levenson and Dr. Hooman Rashidi will speak on the digital pathology program, and Professor emeritus Dr. Gerald Kost will speak in the point-of-care technologies program.

KCRA Channel 3 featured Assistant Professor Dr. Brittany Dugger and her new project to create a digitized brain bank to unlock the mysteries of Alzheimer's Disease. 

Associate Professor Dr. Nam Tran was featured in a podcast on "Role of Diagnostics In Supporting Antibiotic Stewardship Goals" as part of an educational program “C. diff. Spores and More” on healthcare-associated infections sponsored by Clorox.

Professor Dr. Jeff Gregg, Senior Director of Clinical Pathology, received a $201,205 award from AstraZeneca for his study “Tumor mutational burden correlation to PD-L1 immunohistochemistry, and clinical outcome with immune-oncology therapy.”

Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education Dr. Hooman Rashidi presented his artificial intelligence work “Sometimes Less Yields More: Will Artificial Intelligence be Ready for Prime Time?” at the Southeastern Administrators and Pathology Chairs Regional Conference in Amelia Island, February 1-3, 2019. 

January 29, 2019
Assistant Professor, Dr. John Paul Graff, led an Innovation Hackathon sponsored by Vision Service Plan at the UC Davis Machine Learning Workgroup’s networking event on January 30, 2019.

The UC Davis All of Us research program, led by site principle investigator Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Borowsky, had a successful site visit by NIH program officer Holly Garriock on January 28, 2019.

The annual meeting of the Group for Research in Pathology Education on January 24-26, 2019 in New Orleans featured a presentation by Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education Dr. Hooman Rashidi on “Integrating Technology Tools in Medical Education.” Associate Dean of Curriculum Dr. Kristin Olson served on the program committee.

Medical student Alanna Dubrovsky presented her project "The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Teaching Human Histology" at the Western Medical Research Conference on January 24, 2019 in Carmel, CA.  Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education Dr. Hooman Rashidi served as her mentor.

Distinguished Professor Dr. Ralph Green’s “Primer on Vitamin B12 Deficiency” received a ‘Highly cited paper’ designation by Web of Science as one of the top 1% of papers of similar age in the field of clinical medicine.

January 11, 2019
Vice Chair of Research Dr. Yvonne Wan is a featured speaker at 4th Annual Tea Colloquium sponsored by the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative on January 24, 2019 and will share her work on the effects of tea on the microbiome and its influence on health. 

Residency program coordinator Anna Schmidt has been chosen as one of two UCD coordinators to attend the American College of Graduate Medical Education’s annual meeting in Orlando, March 7-10, 2019.

The department's holiday star giving program raised $3350 for the California Fire Foundation, UC Davis Kiwanis House, UC Davis Veterinary Catastrophic Fund, and the Sacramento Food Bank.  Department members purchased $10 stars to show gratitude to co-workers which raised funds for the donations.

Associate Professor Dr. Mirna Lechpammer and medical student mentee Vivian Tang received a $5,000.00 Pathology Trainee Project Grant in Healthcare Innovation from the Association of Pathology Chairs’ Society of ’67 for their project “Slide-free Histology via Microscopy using Ultraviolet Surface Excitation – Applications in Neuropathology.”

December 13, 2018
Assistant Professors Dr. Brittany Dugger and Dr. John Paul Graff received a 2019 Multi-Campus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) award of $269,867 from the UC Office of the President for her project “An enhanced UC digital pathology infrastructure.” Their project was one of 16 highly meritorious projects chosen from a pool of 179 eligible applications, and one of only two chosen from UC Davis.

Clinical lab scientists Stacy Yee and Jennifer Keyser, along with Ky Van from our Clinical/Quality Research team and PhD student Kelly Lima volunteered at the UCD Health medical tent at the California International Marathon on December 2.  They ran our point-of-care blood gas analyzer and to keep the runners safe and healthy.

On December 1, 2018, Assistant Professor Dr. Kristin Grimsrud was the keynote speaker for 2018 Western Regional Meeting of the American Physician Scientist Association held on the UC Davis campus.

Assistant Professor Dr. Elham Vali Betts and Associate Dean for Curriculum Dr. Kristin Olson presented a poster “Use of Short Essays to Support Core Competencies” at the UC Davis Third Annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference on November 30, 2018 at the UC Davis Conference Center.

Lili Sheng and Prasant Jena, post-doctoral fellows in the lab of Vice Chair of Research Yvonne Wan had their work chosen as “Best of The Liver Meeting” and will appear as part of a special slide set program highlighting key presentations from the American Association of the Study of Liver Disease’s annual meeting in San Francisco, November 9-13, 2018.

The Dermatopathology service have been officially approved as a training center for the International Committee of Dermatology-European Union of Medical Specialists. They can now accept international visiting scholars in dermatopathology who will be eligible to sit for the international dermatopathology board certification exam.

November 26, 2018
Professor Jeff Gregg, senior director of clinical pathology, participated as a panelist and lecturer at the Roche Global Expert Meeting in the Czech Republic in November.  Dr. Gregg spoke on "Integrating Solid and Liquid Biopsy."

Bristol-Myers Squibb’s video “The Pathology Revolution” featured Professor Jeff Gregg who shared the important role of the pathologist in precision medicine.   

Cytopathology Fellowship alumna, Dr. Nazila Hejazi, presented a poster “Incidence of HPV Negative High Grade Squamous Cell Intraepithelial Lesions in Cervix” at the American Society of Cytopathology’s 66th Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington DC on November 9-12, 2018.  Dr. Hejazi is a pathologist at West Coast Pathology Laboratories in Hercules, CA, and a member of the faculty at California Northstate University College of Medicine in Elk Grove, CA.

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